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Auditions: Arsenic and Old Lace

MAC Theater Auditions

Saturday, January 6, 10:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, January 7, 12:00-2:00pm

Arsenic and Old Lace

Written by Joseph Kesserling
Directed by Donn Tyler

Nine Performance dates:
March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 2024
Evening shows begin at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm


Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor, they killed him! Between his aunts’ penchant for poisoning wine, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother using plastic surgery to hide from the police — not to mention Mortimer’s own hesitancy about marriage — it’ll be a miracle if Mortimer makes it to his wedding. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family.

The Cast

PLEASE NOTE: There will definitely be cross-casting and doubling of some roles. The age ranges and, especially, genders suggested below are rough guidelines.

  • Abby Brewster F 50+ Darling lady who poisons elderly men
  • Martha Brewster F 50+ Her partner in all things.
  • Mortimer Brewster M 20s-40s Their nephew, a drama critic engaged to Elaine
  • Teddy Brewster M 20s-40s Their nephew, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt
  • Jonathan Brewster M 20s-40s Their nephew, a psychopath
  • Elaine Harper F 20s-40s Mortimer’s fiancée
  • Dr. Einstein M 20+ A plastic surgeon and Jonathan’s accomplice
  • Rev. Harper M 50+ Elaine’s father
  • Lt. Rooney M 40+ A take-charge police officer
  • Mr. Witherspoon M 20+ Superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium
  • Mr. Gibbs M 50+ The Brewster sisters’ potential boarder
  • Officer O’Hara M/F 20+ A police officer and would-be playwright
  • Brophy & Klein M/F 20+ Police officers

Sides are available for download on our auditions page HERE. Questions can be addressed to

  •  January 6, 2024
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  •  January 7, 2024
     12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Venue Phone: 508-748-1266

80 Pleasant Street, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738, United States

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